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Glossary » ergonomics


a design tradition preceding human-computer interaction and strongly related. Ergonomics is often used relatively synonymously with “human factors”. It studies how to design human-machine systems with a concern for human needs, especially focused on work environments, efficiency, and safety. The field has a strong engineering flavor, with an emphasis on measurement of human performance parameters and physical properties, such as the measurement of human dimensions to determine the size and arrangement of desks and chairs, or the application of psychophysical parameters to set noise levels.